ScenicViews.org - Landscape Photos by Mark Harrison.
Updates and photos from my forthcoming trip to New Zealand (Jan/Feb 2006) will appear here soon.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Sunrise at Onetahuti Beach, looking towards Tonga Island
Sunrise at Bark Bay
Split Apple Rock
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Reflected clouds, Ninety Mile Beach
Lighthouse at Cape Reinga
Cape Maria van Diemen
Bay of Islands
Just spent a few enjoyable sunny days in the Bay of Islands and Northland. Took a boat trip and saw some dolphins (though not quite as close as last time) and also many of the islands in the bay. Spent yesterday afternoon kayaking in the bay and across to Waitangi and up the river to the mangroves, drifting along, watching the cormorants and wading birds. Today I went up to Cape Reinga and although the day started with clouds in Paihia, it soon brightened up, with nice views up at the lighthouse.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Kayaking at Cathedral Cove
Sunday, January 08, 2006
More coconut palms, Aitutaki
You guessed it - some more coconut palms. Actually they're very tasty. I drank three coconuts. The first was from Tauono's wonderful organic fruit&veg graden cafe - he hauled it down using a huge long bamboo pole with a hook on the end - a bit like fishing for coconuts high up in the trees. The green/light-brown ones are the drinking nuts, with a much lighter shell than the dark brown eating nuts. On Friday (6 Jan 06) as I was cycling around the main island of Aitutaki, a family of Aitutakians gave me a couple of drinking nuts, which they were harvesting from the trees. Very refreshing - just what I needed on a warm sunny day biking round the island...
Coconut Palms, Aitutaki
Frangipani flower, Aitutaki
Kayaks at Ootu Beach, Aitutaki
Another coconut palm, Aitutaki
Just landed in Auckland after a wonderful week in the Cook Islands. I spent five days on the tropical island paradise of Aitutaki, enjoying some cycling, kayaking and a wonderful cruise on the clear turqoise lagoon to the outer islands with their coral sands and coconut palms. Also had lots of delicious food and visited a couple of the 'Island nights' to see the traditional Cook Island dancing. Now spending 7 weeks in New Zealand, then on to Sydney and Fiji. Will probably go to the Coromandel Peninsula next and then to the Bay of Islands, then head southwards. Some more photos from Aitutaki are in the next few posts (not quite worked out how to post multiple photos grouped together from Flickr to Blogger yet)
Friday, December 16, 2005
Welcome to ScenicViews
I've just started this blog for my forthcoming trip to New Zealand.
I'll be in New Zealand during January and February 2006 and also spending a week in Sydney, visiting my Uncle Tom (last seen when I was two years old) and Michael, a friend I met on Iceland last summer. I'm also spending a week on the Cook Islands on the way there and a week on Fiji on the way back.
While I'm in New Zealand, I'll be meeting up with Carline to walk the Routeburn Track - and also walking the Milford Track a few days afterwards. I'm also looking forward to some more kayaking in Abel Tasman and the Bay of Islands - and some cycling on the Coromandel Peninsula.
I'm hoping to meet up with Tina in Auckland just before I fly to Sydney, near the end of February.
My main website is at http://www.scenicviews.org
- though it badly needs updating - and I've just set up a Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/scenicviews/